Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas Hosts 7th Annual Starlight Affair
03/22/2022

Celebration Under the Stars to Benefit Brazos Valley Families

Online PR News – 22-March-2022 – BRYAN, TX – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX) will host the 7th annual Starlight Affair on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, TX. Proceeds from the event will be used to support RMHC CTX programs that care for Brazos Valley families with hospitalized children.

The evening under the stars will feature signature cocktails and chef tastings from Bryan-College Station top restaurants. The night will begin with a cocktail reception that includes activities like a wine toss, silent auction, cigar rolling, a spirited live auction, and photos with Texas A&M mascot, Reveille. The evening will end with dessert, dancing, and live music from The Grooves. The Gig ‘Em Gang proudly serves as the honorary chair of the 2022 Starlight Affair.

A portion of the evening will highlight and honor a local family’s story and their experience with RMHC CTX. Troy and Tennille Smith’s 18-year-old son, Collin Smith, was involved in a horrible hit-and-run pedestrian accident in early 2021 and spent the subsequent months undergoing multiple life-saving brain surgeries. During those challenging months, the Smith family often stayed in the Ronald McDonald Family Room in CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan.

“RMHC kept our family comforted and together during the most difficult time in our lives,” said Collin’s mother, Tennille. “We live an hour away from the hospital. The Ronald McDonald Family Room allowed us to take showers, sleep, and eat meals together as a family, all while staying as close as possible to Collin. Walking into the Family Room each day gave us a sense of peace, time to breathe, and a moment to cry and regain our strength for Collin.

“The Family Room allowed us to save at least $15,000. We were able to use the money that we would have spent on gas, takeout, and hotels on covering some of Collin’s medical equipment that he now needs.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas began supporting Brazos Valley families and children in 2015 with the launch of the Happy Wheels Cart program at three Bryan-College Station hospitals: CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital, and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. In 2016, a Ronald McDonald Family Room opened at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital and the Healing Hearts program began supporting families who had tragically lost children. A second Family Room opened at CHI St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital in January 2018. These Family Rooms are open to families with hospitalized children under 21.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship for the 7th Annual Starlight Affair, please visit https://rmhc-ctx.org/events/starlight-affair/.